What do we do in the high country when Mother Nature hasn't yet brought the snows for us to stride on? We put on the skates! This January there's a unique opportunity to sample our frozen lakes, which are usually buried in snow this time of year. Bear Valley Cross Country has skates for rent and maintain their own skating pond in the Bear Valley meadow. Mosquito Lake, in the video above, is on Ebbetts Pass, just up the road from Bear Valley.
Cross Country Skiing
Discover the joys of cross country skiing at Bear Valley Cross Country. Explore one of the largest and most scenic groomed trail systems in the United States with over 65km of track. All the trails offer a twin track and a skate lane and there are kid specific trails for the smaller ones. The Cross Country Center houses a complete line of ski rentals along with a retail store where you can find equipment, apparel, snacks and much more. Purchase a lesson from the top rated PSIA Ski School to perfect your skills. While out gliding on the trails stop at one of the four trailside huts or grab a bite to eat at the trailside café. Visit the website for a complete calendar of fun events and pricing.
Bear Valley Cross Country / Adventure Company
For year ‘round mountain adventure, please stop by. Bear Valley Cross Country offers rentals and sales of XC Skis, snowshoes, and other winter gear and clothing. The XC ski area is renowned for its huge trail system and friendly staff. The Cross Country Center also operates groomed sledding and tubing hills, gas station, and mini mart as well. During summer months stop in for expert assistance with your kayak and mountain bike rentals, sales, and tune-ups.
Don't forget your evenings! Instead of lounging around in front of the fire, why don't you see a play at Black Bart Theater, or participate in Open Mike Night at the Angels Camp Merc. Silent movies at Ironstone, or Beer Appreciation Night at Alchemy. Check the Visitor's Bureau Calendar for details.